What does a vision cost?

Published 6:13 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2019

By Diana McFarland

Managing editor

The cost to devise a town’s vision depends on the town.

The Smithfield Town Council spent three days at a Williamsburg resort at a cost of $11,439 to come up with its vision.

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The Windsor Town Council met informally Friday at the town’s municipal building, aided by packaged snacks and sandwiches that cost $150. {mprestriction ids=”1,2,3,4,5,6″}

Windsor’s facilitator, Renee Rountree, joked that the town was saving a lot of money by having her lead the meeting in the council’s chambers. 

The Smithfield Town Council came up with a two-page vision with seven focus areas that sound a lot like what already exists.

The Smithfield Town Council then handed off the document to its staff, which will come up with specific actionable objectives. 

Smithfield Vice Mayor Mike Smith said there are 31, but said they haven’t yet been revealed to the Town Council.  

In a few hours, the Windsor Town Council came up with a paragraph-long vision statement of where it wants to be in 20 years, five focus areas and ways to achieve its objectives.

The Windsor Town Council plans to meet a few more times this year to finalize its vision, and will meet in its own Town Center. 

Meanwhile, Isle of Wight County schools spent more than $25,000 on its retreat.  {/mprestriction}